Education Ministry gearing up to disburse $10,000 cash grant

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Education Minister, Priya Manickchand interacts with parents.
Education Minister, Priya Manickchand interacts with parents.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Ministry of Education (MOE) upon completion of a number of public consultations held throughout the country with parents and guardians of children in the public school system, on the $10,000 per student grant, is nearing the end of a lengthy but transparent verification process.

Over the last two months, Head Teachers from across the country met with their respective regional education officers to verify the number of students currently enrolled in their respective schools, and that are on the schools’ registers.

According to the Deputy Chief Education Officer (Administration), Ms. Donna Chapman, the process is moving along smoothly as the Ministry now awaits the final lists of names of children currently beginning Year 1 (Nursery), Grade 1 (Primary) and Grade 7 (Secondary). These lists, she expects, will be submitted within the coming week to her office and that of the Permanent Secretary of the MOE, so as to facilitate the completion of the master list of students eligible to receive the $10,000 cash grant per student.

The Ministry is urging parents and guardians to register their children immediately so that the final verification process can be completed.

With the administrative processes currently running on schedule, the Ministry is set to commence disbursement of the cash grant by Monday October 6, 2014. Feedback from the public consultations held countrywide suggested that the preferred method chosen by parents to receive this cash grant on behalf of their children was by way of money transfer services.

The Ministry of Education wishes to advise the public that anyone found to be engaging in any form of malpractice, fraudulent or corrupt activity regarding the disbursement of this $10,000 per child cash grant will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. [MOE]

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